This Deaf event was very different form every other deaf event that I’ve went to in the past. Let me start of by saying it was a far drive, I drove 28 miles to a place I have never been to, but it was worth the drive. This event was expensive but the reason I chose to go to this event was because it was the only one that fit in with my weekly schedule. As got to the event I was a bit late and everyone had taken their seats and there were no more seats left. But this very nice lady came to my rescue and found me a seat.
After watching “See What I Mean: Differences Between Deaf and Hearing Cultures”, I have learned about some of the differences in behaviors, communications, attitude, and technology between Deaf and hearing cultures. First, behaviors are very different in hearing and in Deaf culture. For example, in Deaf culture, when a student is late to the classroom the students and teacher will discuss why the student was late and make sure the student is okay. Further, in Deaf culture, when people are leaving, they sign goodbye, give a big hug, and say that it was nice to see that person. If someone forgot to tell the other person something, though, the whole process is repeated.
Having to be Deaf in public was an experience that I will not soon forget. In order to accomplish this project, a group of my friends and I went to the Crossgates mall. Since we were in a somewhat large group of four people we developed a system to see different aspects of what it would be like to be Deaf in a public place like this. For starters, we rotated who would be “Deaf” and who would be hearing in case something occurred that could compromise the process. Then, we went to many different stores under one of three scenarios.
This past week of class has been my first exposure to American Sign Language and Deaf culture. What I have found most surprising and interesting in Deaf culture is how the community follows a more collectivist mentality. A stark contrast to the American culture I have experienced where the individual is often prioritized. Reading about Andrew Foster's commitment to expanding education for Deaf children worldwide exemplified how deeply rooted this “duty to the group” (p. viii) is within Deaf culture. The Deaf Nation video we viewed at the end of the class also solidified for me how Deaf culture isn't constrained by borders but a community which spans the entire world.
What is Culture? culture can be defined many different ways by many different people. There’s not a correct or just one form of of definition when it come to culture. All though they all come from different experiences and opinions, they all share the same structure and concepts. In the world today there are hundreds of different types of culture, such as, American culture, Deaf culture British culture, Mexican culture,Arabic culture, African culture , Indian culture , Pop culture , Modern culture , Japanese culture , Chinese culture and so on.
I attended a deaf bible study that was ran through Calvary Chapel wildwood which is located in Yucaipa California on December 6th, 2015 I enjoyed observing the differences and similarities between the deaf community and what I experience during every day life. My first observation I noticed during the bible study is that the signing seemed to be very fast at times this made me feel lost but, it reminded me of how much I need to continue to learn American Sign Language. Although the gentlemen’s signing seemed to be expedited to me I noticed he signed very artfully as if he was painting a picture with his hands the beauty in his signing was very enjoyable to watch. Another observation I had was looking at the participants how excited they were
There have been multiple theories throughout the deaf community. Many of which explains their social status and how they blend in with the hearing community. Social Identity Theory is one of the theories. It shows no differences in someone’s self-esteem between people with a different identity. The Social Identity Theory shows that many individuals will remain a member of any group as long as it shows different positive characteristics of either person self-esteem.
Today is Thursday, so once again I go to the ASL table in order to get some hours for my deaf event. I get food and see my friends who have come for hours as well. When we talk they say that I have gotten better at signing. I meet up with Leah again at Robert's table. I talked to himk about seeing his wife at Chalotte Deaf Mission, and he explained to Leah that I was the great neice of Judy and Billy Jernigan.
Cook is an important figure in the deaf community. He was first diagnosed at the age of three. At the time American sign language wasn’t available, which is why he began performing to help him communicate with others. It also eased him express who he was and how he was feeling. At the age of nineteen, he found out about ASL, which was a way to interact with his peers by signing.
Michelle Fletter had established the Deaf Coffee Chat at Stackbucks on March of 2010. The event is about people socializing and meeting new people by using sign languages. The event is a great way for hearing people who are learning sign language to better their skills to become good with the language. I am very grateful that my professor recommended me to the Deaf Coffee Chat because I would never have met wonderful people at the event.
I went to two different events this term, the first being a theater event promoted by Deaf Spotlight back on May 13th. The beginning of this event there was some time where I got to meet Deaf community members. One guy there I talked with a lot, his name was Jimmy K. and his sign name was a “J” trasitioning to a “K” by his shoulder. There were only about 10 Deaf people there for the event but it was nice to see everyone interacting together. Unfortunatly I learned that it was not a deaf primary event, and instead of focusing around ASL it had translators.